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21. Februar 2018

Yuichi Kamoshita: Why Nago city elected a Mayor, who is promoting the new U.S. Military Base in Okinawa? – Coalition against U.S. and NATO Military Bases launches Guantanomo & Okinawa Campaigns

RESOLUTION ON CONVENING A GLOBAL CONFERENCE
AGAINST U.S. AND NATO MILITARY BASES
Join the Coalition http://noforeignbases.org

Yuichi Kamoshita, who is a Buddhist monk and activist based in Okinawa, says, for the world to be freed from the chain of violence in which we are all trapped, the struggle of non-violence is crucial, and in that sense, Okinawan people and their effort represents a hope for the future of the whole world and its peace.

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here his new post at:
http://henokononviolentaction.blogspot.de/

After the Mayor of Nago has changed, everyone who want to stop Henoko U.S. new base construction is dissapointed.

Because 8 years ago people chose Mayor Inamine, who strongly opposed the New Base construction.

The new mayor was supported by the Japanese government of Premier Abe. (LDP).
During the election campaign, Mr. Togucihi never mentioned the new base construction or Henoko Base. It was a strategy to not talk about the base issue, but only about the economy.

The japanese government put all their power behind the campaign of Mr. Toguchi and that made him win.

Many of the members of the national diet, the japanes parliament came to Nago
to put presure on companies, hospitals, post offices, religious groups etc…

I need to mention that people under the age of 50 voted mostly for Mr. Toguchi.
People over the age of 60 voted more for Inamine.

It shows that people who know the war time chose Inamine. And people who see the news and get infomations by smart phone or the internet chose Mr Toguchi.

The campaign of Toguchi was very skilled about using social networks to catch young people’s interests.

So, what Mr. Toguchi can and will do now is to give permisions to the Japanese government which Mr Inamine didn’t.

At the end of this year the election for Okinawan governor starts.

Now, the governor of Okinawa Mr. Onaga is strongly opposed to the Henoko New base construction.

However, the overall atmosphere that surrounds Okinawa is not very supportable.

How people up lift the spirit in Okinawa is important.

At a same time, young people in Okinawa and all over Japan are inactive on these matters.

I understand that the U.S. base Issue and National politics of Japan is too big an issue to face. Somehow, people got to do something in order not to be treated like colonized people.


Background:

Japan proceeds with construction work for controversial new U.S. Military Base in Okinawa

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http://noforeignbases.org/1975-2/

For a long time the people of Okinawa are opposing the national government’s construction of a replacement facility in the Henoko area of Nago city for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station.

Despite massive local protest against the relocation of the U.S. military base from Ginowan to Nago, Tokyo is moving ahead with construction — dumping building materials into the sea and proceeding full-fledged landfill work inside the sea walls. The prefecture wants the base moved out of Okinawa altogether.
Taketoyo Toguchi is now the new mayor of Nago City, Okinawa. During the campaign he pledged to prioritize the local economy. The plan progresses to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to the city.

Toguchi had 20,389 votes – Inamine 16,931.
Inamine is opposed to the central government’s plan to relocate the US air station to a coastal area of Nago City.

Toguchi was recommended by the ruling the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, as well as Nippon Ishin. Inamine was backed by opposition forces, including the Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party.

The construction of seawalls continues as part of the relocation plan for the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to the Henoko district of Nago city.

Toguchi did not clearly say whether he was for or against the relocation plan during the campaign. Inamine promised to block the relocation plan with the support of Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga.

more info

RESOLUTION ON
CONVENING A GLOBAL CONFERENCE
AGAINST U.S. AND NATO MILITARY BASES LINK

https://gangjeonguk.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/the-anti-us-military-base-struggle-in-okinawa-japan/

 

 

21. Februar 2018

Syrien: USA schweigen zu Kämpfen zwischen ihren Koalitionspartnern in Afrin

21. Februar 2018

NOTICIAS DE AMERICA LATINA Y EL MUNDO, 21 Febrero 2018

ALEMANIA:

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-militantes-spd-inician-divididos-votacion-avalar-coalicion-merkel-20180220122014.html

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-ultraderechista-afd-supera-spd-intencion-voto-20180219165535.html

ARGENTINA:

https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/263653-sindicatos-argentinos-protesta-gobierno-dividir

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/argentina-represion-en-la-masiva-marcha-en-rechazo-a-la-cumbre-minera-en-chubut-de-la-que-participo-aranguren-tehuelches-pobladores-y-ambientalistas-rechazan-cumbre-minera/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/argentina-nuevo-escrache-en-mar-del-plata-al-genocida-etchecolatz/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/argentina-resumen-gremial-y-social-victoria-de-la-bancaria-los-bancos-deben-cumplir-con-la-clausula-gatillo-y-la-cuota-solidaria-hugo-yasky-el-miercoles-va-a-quedar-chi/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/argentina-organismos-de-derechos-humanos-convocamos-a-movilizar-el-21-de-febrero/

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/20/renuncias-en-gobierno-argentino-se-convierten-en-duro-reves-para-macri/#.Wow1RriqoR8

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/argentina-en-los-estadios-se-repite-un-solo-grito-mauricio-macri-la-puta-que-te-pario/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/argentina-video-las-luchas-del-pais-se-reunieron-en-el-hospital-posadas-se-voto-armar-una-columna-independiente-para-el-21-de-febrero/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/argentina-resumen-gremial-y-social-alto-acatamiento-en-el-primer-dia-del-paro-bancario-moyano-y-yasky-criticaron-al-gobierno-y-anticiparon-que-la-protesta-del-21f-sera-masiva-marcha-del-21f-s/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/argentina-que-hay-detras-de-la-compra-secreta-de-material-belico-patricia-bullrich-y-su-romance-con-la-dea-el-caso-boliviano/

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/cristina-fernandez-argentina-juicio-juez-Claudio-Bonadio-20180220-0001.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/argentina-nuevo-golpe-al-bolsillo-tarifazo-en-el-gas-las-empresas-piden-aumentos-entre-el-30-y-el-45/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/masivo-tuitazo-y-panuelazo-en-argentina-para-pedir-la-despenalizacion-del-aborto/

BOLIVIA:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/bolivia-jornada-de-movilizacion-por-reeleccion-de-evo-para-2019-multitudinaria-concentracion-en-santa-cruz-proclama-a-evo-morales-como-candidato/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/bolivia-central-obrera-de-el-alto-ratifica-movilizacion-del-21f/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/bolivia-transporte-libre-de-santa-cruz-no-participara-del-paro-opositor/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/lluvias-en-bolivia-dejan-ocho-fallecidos-y-15-mil-damnificados/

BRASIL:

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/brasil-partidos-izquierda-manifiesto-unidad-reconstruccion–20180220-0046.html

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/brasil-rechazan-militarizacion-rio-de-janeiro-20180220-0021.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/protestas-contra-reforma-de-las-pensiones-del-gobierno-temer-en-varias-ciudades-de-brasil-fotos/

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/brasil-suspension-de-reforma-previdencial-pensiones-20180219-0053.html

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/liberan-rehenes-tomados-durante-motin-carcel-brasil-20180219-0010.html

CHILE:

http://www.elclarin.cl/web/opinion/politica/25013-los-doce-jinetes-del-imperialismo.html

http://www.elsiglo.cl/2018/02/20/pautas-de-partidos-10-dias-claves/

http://www.elclarin.cl/web/noticias/politica/25024-corte-de-santiago-condena-a-exagentes-de-la-dina-por-asesinatos-en-1975-y-1986.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/nacion-mapuche-nueva-operacion-condor-ahora-contra-los-mapuche/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/chile-mapuche-machi-celestino-cordova-encarcelado-y-en-huelga-de-hambre-es-amenazado-de-muerte/

http://www.elclarin.cl/web/noticias/politica/25010-corte-suprema-aprueba-extradicion-de-militar-condenado-por-caso-caravana-de-la-muerte.htm

http://www.lanacion.cl/2018/02/20/pc-sobre-condena-a-palma-salamanca-no-estabamos-en-plena-democracia/

http://www.elclarin.cl/web/noticias/cronica/25015-investigan-500-adopciones-irregulares-realizadas-durante-la-dictadura.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/chile-la-batalla-de-los-trabajadores-del-gas-y-las-contradicciones-de-la-reforma-laboral/

COLOMBIA:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/colombia-actos-en-la-frontera-y-abrazaton-a-venezuela-ante-amenazas-de-agresion/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/colombia-por-que-siguen-los-falsos-positivos/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/colombia-suspendida-licencia-ambiental-de-proyecto-petrolero-en-arauca/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/colombia-paro-nacional-de-maestros-21-de-febrero-por-una-educacion-de-excelencia/

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/conflicto-violencia-gobierno-asesinatos-colombia-20180219-0057.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/colombia-asesinan-a-otro-lider-social-en-convulsa-region/

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/farc-asesinato-excombatiente-santos-colombia-20180219-0055.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/colombia-febrero-camilista-a-la-luz-de-sus-mensajes-construyendo-vida-digna-en-los-territorios/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/colombia-delegacion-de-dialogos-del-eln-accion-permanente-por-la-paz/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/colombia-comando-central-del-eln-es-mejor-la-verdad-que-el-odio/

CUBA:

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/20/recibio-raul-a-congresistas-estadounidenses/#.Wo2kObiqoR8

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/20/etecsa-y-compania-de-luxemburgo-firman-acuerdo-para-servicios-satelitales/#.Wow17riqoR8

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/19/congresistas-estadounidenses-sostuvieron-encuento-con-autoridades-cubanas/#.Wow-kriqoR8

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/cuba-el-trascendental-proceso-electoral-continua-paso-a-paso-democracia-popular-directa/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/cuba-la-solucion-estaba-en-miami/

ECUADOR:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/ecuador-quiere-a-venezuela-en-la-cumbre-de-las-americas-y-rechaza-injerencias/

EE:UU:

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/20/multiples-denuncias-a-marco-rubio-en-florida-por-su-posicion-sobre-el-control-de-armas/#.Wow2KbiqoR8

EGIPTO:

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/egipto-operacion-militar-contra-daesh-20180220-0037.html

ESPAÑA:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/catalunya-la-cup-senala-que-anna-gabriel-abre-un-nuevo-frente-para-internacionalizar-el-conflicto-la-lideresa-independentista-no-acatara-la-cita-ante-el-tribunal-supremo/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/convocan-un-28-de-febrero-por-la-dignidad-de-andalucia/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/estado-espanol-ratificado-por-el-supremo-rapero-valtonyc-ira-a-la-carcel-3-anos-y-medio-por-cantar-los-borbones-son-unos-ladrones/

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/espana-cantante-rap-valtonic-sentencia-tribunal-supremo–20180220-0051.html

FRANCIA:

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/21/nueva-ley-de-inmigracion-causa-controversias-en-francia/#.Wo2lHbiqoR8

HONDURAS:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/honduras-el-43-de-los-asesinatos-de-periodistas-ha-ocurrido-en-el-regimen-de-juan-orlando-hernandez/

ISRAEL:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/nueva-ley-israeli-expulsara-a-poblacion-nativa-de-golan-y-jerusalen/

LIBIA:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/libia-la-resistencia-hace-un-balance-de-la-lucha-emprendida-contra-la-intervencion-imperialista/

LIBANO:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/el-libano-utilizara-todos-los-medios-para-rechazar-una-agresion-israel/

MEXICO:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/mexico-capo-de-los-zetas-sugiere-buscar-cuerpos-en-las-represas-del-norte-del-pais/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/mexico-2-millones-500-mil-ninos-y-ninas-trabajan-en-situacion-de-esclavitud/

PANAMÁ:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/panama-contra-el-intervencionismo-yanqui-en-america-latina/

PERÚ:

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/visita-a-las-prisioneras-politicas-del-peru-el-indulto-a-fujimori-y-la-reconciliacion-nacional/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/diplomatico-del-peru-oswaldo-de-rivero-rechazo-acciones-ilegitimas-de-su-gobierno-contra-el-presidente-nicolas-maduro/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/peru-alberto-fujimori-seguira-siendo-parte-del-juicio-en-el-caso-pativilca/

SIRIA:

https://actualidad.rt.com/video/263621-siria-extremistas-guta-atacar-damasco

https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/263617-convoy-progubernamental-sirio-intentar-entrar-afrin

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/ejercito-sirio-entrada-afrin-ataques-turquia-kurdos-20180220-0034.html

https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/263528-erdogan-turquia-cercar-ciudad-siria-afrin

UCRANIA:

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/ucrania-ley-reintegracion-donbass-donetsklugansk-20180220-0039.html

URUGUAY:

http://www.elclarin.cl/web/noticias/internacional/25012-uruguay-rechaza-veto-a-venezuela-en-la-cumbre.html

VENEZUELA:

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/organizaciones-populares-venezuela-ejercicios-militares-20180220-0011.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/venezuela-derecha-internacional-manipula-con-fenomeno-migratorio-para-atacar-a-maduro/

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/20/venezuela-isturiz-debemos-construir-un-estado-comunal/

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/21/venezuela-el-petro-alcanza-735-millones-de-dolares-de-preventa-en-su-primer-dia/#.Wo2klLiqoR8

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2018/02/20/venezuela-inicia-preventa-de-criptomoneda-petro/#.Wow1nriqoR8

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/lanzamiento-del-Petro-al-mercado-nacional-e-internacional-20180220-0050.html

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/Experto-ONU-Alfred-de-Zayas-Venezuela–20180220-0053.html

http://www.elclarin.cl/web/noticias/internacional/25003-venezuela-reitera-que-no-hay-ningun-impedimento-para-que-presidente-maduro-participe-en-cumbre-de-las-americas.html

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/proponen-venezuela-comicios-legislativos-abril-20180220-0019.html

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/cne-venezuela-elecciones-presidenciales-acuerdo-oposicion–20180220-0026.html

http://www.resumenlatinoamericano.org/2018/02/19/venezuela-el-pcv-propone-al-psuv-suscribir-un-acuerdo-unitario/

https://videos.telesurtv.net/video/704222/informa-cancilleria-venezolana-de-la-gira-de-jorge-arreaza-por-africa/

21. Februar 2018

Militärischer Übermut? Erdogan will Drohnenpanzer herstellen lassen (sputniknews) – Aber tatsächlich seit Jahren entwickelt und in der Schublade

Der türkische Staatschef Recep Tayyip Erdogan schwärmt seit längerer Zeit von massiver Aufrüstung und Modernisierung seiner Armee. Nun will er Drohnenpanzer herstellen lassen – ein Projekt, das bislang noch nicht einmal die führenden Militärmächte der Welt umsetzen konnten.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20180221319657995-erdogan-unbemannte-panzer-tuerkei/

Crusher (Military Unmanned Ground Vehicle)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusher_(robot)

21. Februar 2018

Stellvertretende Außenminister Russlands, Ryabkov kritisiert die Doppelmoral der USA und anderer Länder gegenüber der Situation in Syrien

Moskau, SANS –  Sergej Rjabkow, hat am Mittwoch die Doppelmoral der USA und anderer Länder im Umgang mit allen Fragen im Zusammenhang mit der Situation in Syrien kritisiert.

In einer Presseerklärung in Moskau sagte Ryabkov, dass der UN-Sicherheitsrat derzeit an einem Resolutionsentwurf zur Lage in Ghouta arbeite. Dies zeige, dass die Debatte über die humanitären Probleme im Zusammenhang mit der Situation in Syrien zu einem klaren Beispiel für die Doppelmoral der USA und ihrer Verbündeten geworden seien.

H. Zain/ Hazem Sabbagh für Sana News

21. Februar 2018

Syrien-Propaganda zu Ost-Ghuta: Deutsche Medien diskreditieren sich erneut (RT Deutsch)

Eine gewaltige Welle der Propaganda zu Syrien hat sich dieser Tage ihren Weg durch die großen deutschen Medien gebahnt. Neben der dominierenden Presselandschaft diskreditiert sich dabei aktuell auch das UNO-Kinderhilfswerk UNICEF durch eine Emotionalisierung.
Hier weiterlesen: https://deutsch.rt.com/meinung/65546-syrien-propaganda-medien-und-unicef/

21. Februar 2018

China’s ‘New Silk Roads’ reach Latin America. Infrastructure connectivity across the region and the Caribbean – By Pepe Escobar

 February 15, 2018

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48837.htm

A sharp, geoeconomic shift took place last month in Santiago, Chile at the second ministerial meeting of a forum grouping China and the 33-member Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. 

The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, told his audience that the world’s second-largest economy and Latin America should join efforts to support free tradeThis was about “opposing protectionism” and “working for an open world economy,” he said.

After encouraging Latin American and Caribbean nations to participate in a major November expo in China, Wang delivered the clincher – Latin America should play a “meaningful” role in the ‘New Silk Roads’, known as the Belt and Road Initiative. The Chinese media duly highlighted the invitation.

The Latin American stretch of the Belt and Road project may not turn out to be as ambitious as the Eurasia program. Yet the trend is now clear with Beijing turbo-charging its infrastructure connectivity drive across the region and the Caribbean, with more deals on the way.

The strategic imperative is to build smooth connections across the continent, converging on its Pacific coastline – and forward through maritime supply lines to the Chinese seaboard. You could call it the Pacific Maritime Silk Road. 

Last year, Chinese banks and institutions invested US$23 billion in Latin America – the biggest surge since 2010. And they are all in for the long haul.

Predictably, fellow BRICS member Brazil is the largest recipient of Chinese foreign investment for the past 10 years at about $46.1 billion, plus more than $10 billion in acquisitions. Russia, Indian and South Africa are the other nations that make up the BRICS bloc.

Costs plummeted

Marcos Troyjo, the director of the BricLab at Columbia University, has broken down the numbers. Up to mid-2010, Brazil was very expensive. Then suddenly costs plummeted because of the exchange rate or devaluation of companies.

Large Brazilian groups were badly damaged by the incredibly complex ‘Operation Car Wash’ corruption investigation. The infrastructure industry depended on state funds, which suddenly dried up and a wild privatization spree followed with Chinese, American and European groups taking advantage.     

China is already the top trading partner of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Others will inevitably follow. This is not only because China’s imports of commodities, such as iron ore, soy and corn tend to rise, but also because the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank will increase lending. 

China’s master plan for Latin American trade and investment follows what is dubbed the “1+3+6” framework, mapped out by President Xi Jinping in July 2014 at a summit in Brasilia.  The “1” refers to the cooperation plan itself, guiding specific projects and ranging from 2015 to 2019 as Beijing aims for $250 billion in direct investment and around $500 billion in trade.

The “3” is about the key areas of cooperation – trade, investment and finance. And the “6” prioritizes cooperation in energy and resources, and infrastructure construction, as well as agriculture, manufacturing, scientific and technological innovation, alongside information technology.

The top three Latin American powers, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, who also happen to be G20 members, are all into major infrastructure expansion, which fits into Beijing’s plan.

Of course, there will be serious snags along the way, such as the $50 billion Nicaragua Inter-Oceanic Canal, now competing with a surge in Panama-China relations after the country broke ties with Taiwan. And the game-changing, transcontinental, Atlantic-Pacific railway between Brazil and Peru is also a long way away. 

But Foreign Minister Wang was been careful to explain how this proposed Latin Belt and Road program will benefit the Latin American region. “It has nothing to do with geopolitical competition,” he said. “It follows the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration. It is nothing like a zero-sum game.”

In the end, China’s geopolitical rewards will end up positively riling the Trump administration, which has taken its eye off the ball in its own backyard. Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, decided to hit the road a few days after the China-Latin America summit in Santiago with pit stops in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Jamaica.

He underlined the Monroe Doctrine a cornerstone of US policy in the region. “[It] clearly has been a success, because … what binds us together in this hemisphere are shared democratic values.”

‘Imperial powers’

Tillerson then bashed China, saying Latin America “does not need new imperial powers.”  The Global Times stressed how Tillerson  “showed disdain” to China’s “constructive approach.” “China has no military bases in the region and has dispatched no troops to any of the Latin American countries,” it said.

Tillerson most of all bashed Venezuela. He suggested sanctions aimed at “the regime” and not “the Venezuela people,” and claimed that President Nicolas  Maduro could face a military coup even though Washington was not gunning for a regime change.

In fact, doubts persist on whether President Donald Trump will even show up at the next Summit of the Americas in April in Peru. The contrast is stark with President Xi, who has visited three times since 2012.

Still, a rash of academic papers has shown how Brazil and Argentina have reoriented their foreign policy from a “pro-South” stance towards a pro-US neoliberal view. Yet, China keeps advancing – geoeconomically and geopolitically.

And that appears to be a trend. Washington will need to invest in a much more sophisticated game if it is to compete economically against China. That would turn out to be the ideal trade and investment scenario which would profit Latin America the most.

Public opinion seems to have made up its mind. Across Latin America, according to a Gallup pollapproval of US foreign policy has dropped from 49% in 2016 to 24% last year. Approval of President Trump stands at a dismal 16%.

In sharp contrast, China’s investment through the Belt and Road Initiative has given President Xi a distinct advantage. 

21. Februar 2018

DDR-Diplomat M.Schünemann: „Die Illusionen in der Ukraine waren erheblich“ (Heise.de)

„Die Illusionen in der Ukraine waren erheblich“

Manfred Schünemann, langjähriger DDR-Diplomat in Moskau und Kiew, spricht im Interview mit Telepolis über die politische, wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung ebehrder Ukraine seit dem Umsturz vor vier Jahren

Von 1969 bis 1990 arbeitete Schünemann im diplomatischen Dienst der DDR, unter anderem als Botschaftsrat an den Botschaften in Belgrad und Moskau sowie in den 1970er Jahren im Generalkonsulat in Kiew. Nach 1990 war er bis 2005 beim Verband für Internationale Politik und Völkerrecht sowie im Informationszentrum für transatlantische Sicherheit tätig. Schünemann, der in Berlin lebt, veröffentlichte zahlreiche Publikationen zur Entwicklung in der Ukraine, zu Russland und der GUS, zuletzt erschien 2017 sein Buch über Ursachen und Folgen der Konflikte in der Ukraine seit 1991. („Zerbricht die Ukraine?“)

Vier Jahre nach dem Maidan sieht er das Land in der tiefsten Krise seit der Unabhängigkeit. Die Wirtschaftsleistung liegt ein Drittel unter dem Niveau der Sowjetzeit, Oligarchen und Korruption haben die Ukraine weiter fest in der Hand und die sozialökonomische Lage der Bevölkerung ist katastrophal. Mitschuld daran sind auch die sozialen Einschnitte, die der Westen zur erwartbaren Vorbedingung für Kredite machte. „Die Illusionen durch den Maidan waren in der ukrainischen Bevölkerung erheblich“, sagt Schünemann. Das Gespräch führte Stefan Korinth.

Zum Interview: https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Die-Illusionen-in-der-Ukraine-waren-erheblich-3973157.html?seite=all


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21. Februar 2018

Left, unite! In order to escape from the impasse of neoliberalism, we must join forces. Otherwise the right will cheer. – by Oskar Lafontaine (Left Party, Germany)

first published in german by „Saechsiche Zeitung“
Do we need a collection movement of the political left? Yes, if we want social cuts to be halted,wages and pensions to rise again, foreign policy to reinstate Willy Brandt’s policy of detente, and the progressive destruction of our environment and species extinction to be halted.
For a long time we have relied on a government of the Social DemocratsSPD, the Greens and the Left. But such a government was prevented in 2005 and 2013 by the SPD. And the last few years have shown that the SPD has had little in common with Willy Brandt’s party since Agenda 2010 (neoliberal social program) and its approval of rearmament and intervention wars, and the Greens have long since lost their green party ideas because, and unlike in their founding years, they do no longer question environmentally destructive economic systems.
The balance of recent years can be summarized as follows: The welfare state has been dismantled, a large low-wage sector has emerged, old-age poverty is growing, the pension system have been partially privatized, 40 percent of the population today have less real purchasing power than twenty years ago, the politics of good relations in Europe has ended, German troops are standing at the Russian border, and despite the expansion of renewable energies, emissions are rising, and the latest reports on species extinction are worrying. The Left movement in Germany could not prevent this development, although there is a majority according to all surveys in the population to achieve the above goals. The left movement must therefore be repositioned.
But who belongs to the political left? The creation of a new economic and social order, which makes it possible to distribute the well-earned prosperity of the population, to prevent wars for raw materials and markets and to stop the destruction of the planet, is the Archimedean point for all who are aware of the undesirable developments of the planet neoliberal era.
The Philosophy of Enlightenment defined property and assets as what one has worked for oneself. Today, this is something quite different: billions of dollars in assets are created by the result of many working for the profits of a few. According to the latest figures, 42 people possess as much as half of the world’s population. Even if this number is doubted, this does not change the fact that the worldwide distribution of wealth is inhuman and perverse. This inequality creates power structures that make a democratic society impossible. Today we have oligarchic systems in the East and in the West. In our time Pope Francis is the most prominent voice questioning the current economic and social order. He sums up the destructive effects of capitalism, which structurally brings peace to neither man nor the environment.
Of the parties to the Bundestag, only the Left Party questions the current distribution of income and assets and the resulting power structures. Consequently, in the coalition negotiations after the general election – whether they were led by the CDU, CSU, FDP and Greens or by the CDU, CSU and SPD – no proposals were put on the table preventing the increasing rearmament, the systemic destruction of the environment or the growing inequality. But even though the fact that the SPD and the Greens are turning to neoliberalism has long made it irrelevant to assign these parties to the leftist camp as a whole, this division still determines the political debate. The newsmagazine Der Spiegel wrote in January: „The trend is clear. If the left-wing camp of the SPD, the Greens and the PDS together reached 52.7 percent in the 1998 general election, they only managed 38.6 percent in the fall of 2017 … The right-wing camp improved from 41.4 percent to 56 percent in the same period , 2 percent … Germany has never been so far away from a government with left agenda as today. The zeitgeist is tending to the right and the decline of the political left seems to be unstoppable. „It should be added that even with an election victory by Steinmeier, Steinbrück or Schulz, no German Chancellor with a left-wing agenda would have governed Germany.
The high level of support, which Martin Schulz could muster immediately after being nominated for chancellor candidate of the SPD, showed that large sections of the population are really longing for a change of policy in Germany. And as in other European countries, the party system is changing in our country as well, because from election to election the view solidified: we can choose who we want, but nothing changes.
While the Left Party benefited from this disappointment in the early years, today, despite its neo-liberal economic and social program, the AfD (Alternative Partei Deutschlands) is the address of many who no longer want to know anything about the other parties. And if in the Left Party, the philosophy of multinational corporations, the no-border-no-nation neo-liberalism prevails, and in return the Höcke-wing (most right wing in the AFD) with its socio-political demands in the AfD gains the majority, then, as the journalist Jakob Augstein warned, in the future, the AfD „will rely on a policy mix that has already been terribly successful in German history: racism plus the welfare state. Then the rise of the right threatens to become a mass movement.“
Do we want to go on with this danger as before? But what could a reorganization of the political left in Germany look like? All those who share the previous analysis and do not want to resign themselves to the current trend need to understand this.
Maybe we can learn from other countries. Whether the Democrats with Bernie Sanders in the US, the Labor Party in Britain with Jeremy Corbyn, Podemos in Spain with Pablo Iglesias or La France insoumise with Jean-Luc Mélenchon – they all stand for the attempt to break out of the impasse of neo-liberalism. All found a unprecedented form on social media to mobilize their followers.
In France, for example, the makers of La France insoumise (LFI) believed that the traditional party system no longer reflected the changing nature of society. The traditional milieus would have dissolved, so new forms of political decision-
making would have to be found. The political parties are frozen in a bureaucracy and less and less willing to represent the interests of workers and pensioners. They rub themselves in intra-party power struggles and lose contact with the population.
Younger people are less and less ready to engage within the rigid party structures. Therefore, one needs a lower-threshold offer to attract younger people to politics. During Mélenchon’s presidential election campaign in France you had to simply click on LFI’s homepage to become a supporter. 500,000 french people made use of it. Strategic decisions were made with an online vote.
The Parti de Gauche continues to be the organizational core around which the new grouping evolving. The members of La France insoumise see themselves still in a learning process and are of course not satisfied with the achievements so far. But while the AfD (Alternative Partei Deutschlands) leads the opposition when it comes to the „Grand Coalition“, in France it is not Marine Le Pen but La France insoumise with Jean-Luc Mélenchon who is the voice of the opposition.
In the era of neo-liberalism, for Left it is also true: only those who change remain faithful.
Oskar Lafontaine (*1943) is a German politician who served in the government of Germany as Minister of Finance from 1998 to 1999. Previously he was Minister President of the state of Saarland from 1985 to 1998, and he was also Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1995 to 1999. After having won the German federal election, 1998 along with new Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, he resigned from all political offices, including his seat in the German Bundestag. He later became co-chairman of The Left (DIE LINKE). Later he announced his resignation from federal political functions in January 2010, for health reasons. Now he is member of parliament for The Left in the german state of Saarland and leader of the opposition. He is married to Sahra Wagenknecht, parliamentary co-chair of The Left (DIE LINKE)
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21. Februar 2018

Assads Medienberaterin Bouthaina Shaaban zu RT: Ohne die USA gäbe es schon Frieden in Syrien

Im Rahmen des Waldai-Klubs, einer Diskussionsplattform, die jährlich in Russland stattfindet, hat die Medienberaterin des syrischen Präsidenten erklärt, inwiefern die USA und die Türkei eine Wiederherstellung des Friedens in Syrien verhindern.
Zudem erläutert sie gegenüber RT, warum die Türkei kurdische Truppen angreift und ob sich die syrische Beziehungen zu Israel verändert haben.

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21. Februar 2018

Tillerson-Debakel in Lateinamerika: Selbst US-freundliche Regierungen gegen Putsch in Venezuela (RT Deutsch)

Rex Tillerson hat in Staaten der Lima-Gruppe in Lateinamerika sondiert: Eine offene Militärintervention in Venezuela lehnen selbst rechte Regierungen ab. In einer Rede in Texas „würdigte“ der US-Außenminister die Monroe-Doktrin als nach wie vor zeitgemäß.

https://deutsch.rt.com/amerika/65557-tillerson-wurdigt-monroe-doktrin-und/

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21. Februar 2018

Close Guantánamo! Vigil Berlin – Sat, 24th February @ 14.00 at the Brandenburg Gate

For exactly 115 years, the US has occupied Guantánamo Bay as a naval base.

Since the victory of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba demands  the return of its own territory, as demanded under international law. and the principle of self-determination. Guantanamo was taken by the US military in 1903 under colonial power relations and enforced by an lease continued to be occupied.

The breach of international law and human rights „was further escalated by the US.
: after September, 11, 2001 Guantánamo Bay became a despicable US torture prison expanded to hold alleged terrorists. All this against the declared will of Cuba.

In the face of global outrage, President Obama promised to close the Camp, but without result. President Trump now expressly opposes a closure. But the opposing forces are mobilized and are getting stronger!

An International Conference of Peace, Human Rights and Environmental Organizations against US and NATO military bases took place in January 2018 in Baltimore / USA. ( http://noforeignbases.org ). The idea of a Global Action Day on February 24 was initiated at this conference.

Additional emphasis for the call to „Give Guantánamo back to Cuba“ can be practiced on February 23 by Twitterstorm: [#ReturnGuantanamotoCubaNow]. Also in Germany we understand ourselves as part of the movement „No Foreign Bases“ against Ramstein and Büchel and as part of the Coalition against US-Military Bases Abroad. (In 131 countries, the U.S. maintains about 800 military bases !!).

Our widely shared and supported demands are:

Close Guantánamo! 
Close the US-military base Ramstein! 
US- nuclear weapons out of from Büchel!

Support our demands at our vigil on Saturday, 24th February 2018 at 14.00
at the Brandenburg Gate. Event with information desk, speeches, information, discussions etc.

Support this call: NETZWERK CUBA – information office e.V., Freidenker Berlin, International Peace Bureau (IPB), Patria Grande, Personalities of the Solidarity and Peace Movement

http://www.netzwerk-cuba.de

german version here: http://bit.ly/2CpAfjP

21. Februar 2018

Linke, vereinigt euch! Um aus der Sackgasse des Neoliberalismus zu entkommen, müssen wir uns zusammentun. Sonst jubeln die Rechten. – von Oskar Lafontaine (Sächsische Zeitung)

Brauchen wir eine Sammlungsbewegung der politischen Linken? Ja, wenn wir wollen, dass der Sozialabbau gestoppt wird, Löhne und Renten wieder steigen, in der Außenpolitik die Entspannungspolitik Willy Brandts wieder aufgenommen wird und die fortschreitende Zerstörung unserer Umwelt und das Artensterben beendet werden.

Lafontaine weiter:

http://www.sz-online.de/nachrichten/linke-vereinigt-euch-3882724.html

21. Februar 2018

Kühnerts Russland-Verstrickungen – alles Lüge! Satire-Magazin „Titanic“ bekennt sich, die „Bild“ hinters Licht geführt zu haben.

„Wir haben diese Mails der ‚Bild‘-Zeitung angeboten, und es war eine Super-Zusammenarbeit! Wir haben es nur bei der ‚Bild‘ versucht und waren sehr froh, dass wir dort total ernst genommen wurden und diesen Skandal gemeinsam mit der ‚Bild‘ entwickeln konnten“, so Moritz Hürtgen von der „Titanic“ im Sputnik-Interview.

weiter

https://de.sputniknews.com/panorama/20180221319646651-mio-mio-gate/

21. Februar 2018

Eine neue Linke Sammlungsbewegung ? Veranstaltung, Mi, 21. 2. um 19:30 – BAIZ in Berlin

 Obwohl es uns in der BRD den täglichen Verlautbarungen nach so super geht wie nie zuvor, ist die BRD ein zutiefst gespaltenes Land. Die Konflikte zwischen Ost – West , Oben – Unten, Mann – Frau , Migranten – „Länger Hier-seienden“ überlagern die akuten sozialen Probleme. Doch der Rechtsruck zeigt die tiefe Unzufriedenheit der Bevölkerung. Mit dem Ausbau des Überwachungs- (TKÜ) , Repressionsapparates (§ 115 StGB) und der Zensur (NetzDG) bereiten sich die „Eliten“ zielgerichtet auf die fällige Auseinandersetzung in der sozialen Frage vor. Auf der anderen Seite zerlegt sich die Linke selbst: Die SPD ist so gut wie Geschichte, sog. Linke bei den „Grünen“ unauffindbar, die Partei „Die Linke“ ist mit der Schlachtung von Sahra Wagenknecht und die „Autonomen“ mit der Geißelung von „Querfrontlern“ in den eigenen Reihen beschäftigt.

Die Idee eines Neuanfangs der Linken liegt in der Luft. In dieser Situation ruft Oskar Lafontaine zur Gründung einer neuen linken Sammlungsbewegung auf. Ist das sinnvoll? Notwendig ? Wenn ja wie soll diese aussehen und wer soll/darf mitmachen…?

Darüber wollen wir (gemeinsam) miteinander diskutieren….

 Linkskulturgaststätte BAIZ

Schönhauser Allee 26 A

Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

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